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Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Tony Abbott’s remarkable budget bounce

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Perth : Tony Abbott’s battle-scared government has stormed back into contention on the back of a softer and “fairer” federal budget which has dissolved voter anger, papered over last year’s broken promises, and increased the prospects of an early election in 2015.In a stunning reversal of fortunes, the government and the opposition are now dead-even at 50/50 after preferences and ...

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IS Leader Abu Sayyaf killed in US Special Forces raid

Sydney : American Special Operations forces entered eastern Syria on Friday and killed a senior leader of the Islamic State, according to the US Defence Department. The leader, Abu Sayyaf, was involved in the group’s military operations and also helped manage black-market sales of oil and gas to raise money, according to a statement issued by the Pentagon early Saturday.In ...

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Generation Sponge: Home loans, bills paid for by parents

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Perth : More than eight out of 10 Australian parents admit to giving their children financial help to secure home loans and pay bills, according to a new survey by comparison website Finder.But only 40 per cent of adult children, aged 18 and over, admitted to receiving the assistance. Apart from no-catches cash, adult children said the most common types ...

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Thousands of NSW motorists are having cars captured in an elaborate ransom scam worth millions of dollars

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Sidney : Thousands of NSW motorists are having their cars captured by tow truck operators and affiliated crash repairers as part of an elaborate, hostage-style racket worth tens of millions of dollars. A Sun-Herald investigation has found that sections of the accident towing industry are exploiting distressed, not-at-fault drivers at crash scenes by convincing them to sign “authority to act” ...

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Really Mr Abbott? $185k not ‘especially high’?

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Sydney :It can be hazardous for politicians to offer opinions about incomes. But Tony Abbott boldly went there on Sunday when he said a family income of $185,000 “isn’t especially high” in a city like Sydney.”Certainly it’s not going to give you a particularly lavish life by any means,” he said while defending a key income threshold in the government’s ...

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